Quiz Bowl at Yale
On Saturday, March 2nd, four members of the Berkshire School Academic Quiz Bowl team traveled to New Haven, CT to participate in the 22nd annual Bulldog High School Academic Tournament (BHSAT), hosted by Yale University. Though the final results were not among Berkshire’s best—the Bears finished in 15th place out of a field of 24 teams—the team gave it their all in one of the region’s toughest tournaments of the year, with the top five teams qualifying for the national championship in Atlanta. In fact, because participation in the BHSAT is by invitation only, based on results from earlier in the season, that the Berkshire team qualified in just its second year of existence is an accomplishment in itself.
Individually, Shuvam Chakraborty ’16 posted the best Berkshire finish, in 23rd place out of nearly 100 competitors, chalking up 340 points for the team. Merit Glover ’14 and Captain Eliza Farley ’13 ended in 47th and 48th places, respectively, each scoring 220 points; however, because Merit had fewer “neg” points (penalty points for early buzzes and incorrect answers) she just edged out Eliza in the tie-breaker. It should be noted, though, that competitors are encouraged to be tactically aggressive and buzz early, and so frequently the highest scorers also accumulate high numbers of neg points. Rounding out the Berkshire team, first-timer Dan Beyer ’16 got his feet wet, earning 30 points for the team but more importantly gaining the experience that only comes from live competition.
The Berkshire Quiz Bowl team has had a great year. The enthusiasm among the students, bolstered by the generous support of the school’s faculty, administration, and parents, augers well for this exciting and academically rigorous activity in the future. Go Bears!
-- Evan Clary, English Department Chair and faculty advisor to the Academic Quiz Bowl team